Originally Posted by microladyusa
Still have to say I am very pleased with my Toshiba DVR670 VHS/DVD recorder. It dubs my tapes to DVD really well. I like that I can record OTA with its ATSC tuner when I want to and not need a separate box. In fact, you can even record the OTA to the VCR if still making the transition between tapes and discs. I believe it is the only VCR that can do this on its own. I have a good antenna for that choice when cable has a problem plus right now recording cable is fine as I still use my recorders for the analog signal and avoid having to have STBs.
I know a hard drive can be easier in many ways but for a VCR/DVDR combo....my tapes never looked so good as they do now on DVD.
Just wanted to mention an option I am satisfied with...as I, too, got in this area too late after many of the options were no longer available. In fact, I do plan to get a 2nd 670 soon.
My cable company won't force digital until 2012 so until then what I have will take care of what I need to record. Especially since it looks like companies will try to eliminate recorders in the future..unless of course they can charge forever for them.
I currently own two Magnavox digital tuner combo recorders, a ZV450MW8 (of March 2007 manufacture) and a ZV450MW8A (of August 2008 manufacture). Both are decent enough combo recorders that perform well with their ATSC or clear QAM tuners. I had a similar Sylvania ZV450SL8 combo recorder (of April 2007 manufacture) that had a satisfactory ATSC tuner but its clear QAM tuner ceased functioning and there were other operational drawbacks with timer programming, there was no functional "Make Recordings Compatible" feature and it lacked the 2.5 and 3 hour per disc recording modes--unsatisfactory for my use--so I gave the Sylvania away at my earliest opportunity.
Once the local cable company forces customers to obtain cable converter boxes or DTAs under the guise of "going digital,"
its easy enough to go on recording analog signals from the cable converter boxes or DTAs through the RF, S-Video or composite outputs. Of the twelve recorders I currently have set up to record, only one, a Magnavox 2080, is using its clear QAM tuner to record actual digital cable signals directly from Comcast's raw coax cable feed. Eight other digital tuner recorders are enslaved to cable company converter boxes so their recording is analog, even for HD services/networks as these recorders' clear QAM tuners are entirely bypassed. Three other analog tuner recorders are also enslaved to cable company boxes. These all perform as well as "digital tuner" recorders enslaved to converter boxes. A Philips 3576 and a Magnavox ZV450MW8 are connected to antennas for ATSC reception (the Philips is also enslaved to a Comcast cable converter box through its composite inputs.)
In our area Comcast made their "Network Enhancement" back in November 2009. What that actually meant was scrambling most of the clear QAM sub-channels. Comcast effectively returned most home recording to the Analog Era.